Celtic Renewables is in the process of commercialising its patented clean technology process through its first site in Grangemouth, Scotland which was commissioned in July this year. The technology converts low value residues from whisky distilleries and reject potatoes into high value bio-acetone, bio-butanol and bio-ethanol which displace their fossil fuel derived equivalents in multiple different supply chains; from flavours and fragrances, to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, as well as being the building blocks to a number of bio-based solvents.
Speaker bio: Mark Simmers, CEO
Mark is an entrepreneur and commercialisation specialist with over 25 years of international experience in sales, marketing and business development. In 2011 Mark graduated from the highly prestigious Saltire Foundation Global Entrepreneurial Fellowship Programme, which included a fast-track MBA programme at Babson College, Boston USA.
Mark helped to co-found Celtic Renewables in late 2011, and has been the company’s CEO since its inception leading the growth of the company, which has seen the company raise almost £40m to scale up its patented technology and to establish the company’s first commercial manufacturing plant.
Mark has won numerous investment and business awards on behalf of Celtic Renewables, and has built a strong and dynamic team at the company. Celtic Renewables is widely regarded as one of the most innovative new renewables companies in the UK. In a relatively short existence it has generated an exceptional global profile and awareness for sustainable biochemicals and biofuel innovation, and in 2015 the company was named European Biotech SME of the year and Emerging Scottish Business of the Year.
Mark started out his career with the International Management Group in London working with a team commercialising and managing the global golf assets of IMG. Mark founded and managed his own events and promotions company in Scotland from 2001-07, and was CEO of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation from 2007-09.
Presentation: Celtic Renewables Vision is to be the world leader in Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol ABE fermentation as a global sustainable industry, which will lead to large scale sustainable production of these bio-based solvents which displace the fossil fuel equivalents. The presentation will outline the current status of the company’s cleantech solution and the ambitious growth plans for the future.